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The Civic Data Challenge was launched by NCoC in April 2012 to bring new eyes, minds, findings, and skill sets to “civic health” data ― information that shows how citizens are participating in their neighborhoods, communities and democracy. The challenge asked applicants to turn the raw data of civic health into beautiful, useful applications and visualizations, enabling communities to be better understood and made to thrive. The winners were announced at the 67th Annual National Conference on Citizenship. You can watch the video here.
More than 170 members joined the challenge community, and our team of outstanding judges reviewed entries that came in from more than 60 participants. Winning teams spanned the country, representing communities from San Francisco to Philadelphia, and Los Angeles to Burlington, Vermont. Participants included undergraduate students and nonprofit leaders, financial analysts and graphic designers, coders and even an astrophysicist.
First place winners of the Civic Data Challenge include:
Additional information about the winning entries, including second place awardees and honorable mentions, is available at the Civic Data Challenge website.
Over a dozen judges volunteered their time, evaluating Challenge entries based on the quality of the analysis and design, the compelling nature of the findings in the data, and the utility of the product. These judges included:
The results of the challenge have also received some exciting coverage. Fast Company recently covered the challenge in their post Visualizing Civic Data to Make the Case for Civic Health. Jake Brewer, Chief Strategy Officer at Fission and a strong advocate for open-data, speaks highly of the importance of civic health data. His post, NCoC’s Civic Data Challenge: So Much More Than Just Numbers, further outlines the stories told by the findings of challenge participants.
The Civic Data Challenge is presented in partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and is sponsored by the Salesforce.com Foundation. It is supported by partners such as Code for America, GOOD, the Case Foundation and Kaggle. Join the Google Group and receive updates on future challenges and opportunities.Knight Cities Challenge is openApply Now »